Former Define co-founder launches Savor + Sweat for cooking and fitness

There’s a new “it” workout in town, and Houstonians don’t have to leave their homes to try it.

Erin O’Leary Stewart, formerly of Define body & mind, has a new fitness venture to debut in 2021. After 10 years teaching barre, cycle and yoga classes alongside fellow co-founder Henry Richards, Stewart recently pulled back the curtain on a solo project: Savor + Sweat.

“It’s the first on-demand platform for both fitness and cooking classes,” she says. “My goal is to help others discover the healing power of food and movement. You have access to both to live your best self.”

Savor + Sweat is the marriage of Stewart’s two great loves: culinary nutrition and sustainable fitness. Clients are able to access her library of cooking classes, workouts or both.

As an added perk, Houston residents have access to a food delivery service.

“I do have Savor food delivery in Houston only right now,” says Stewart, who recently moved to Austin but manages a commercial kitchen in Midtown. “Choose your meal frequency through the subscription option, and it arrives on your doorstep every Tuesday.”

During an invitation-only preview event in Buffalo Bayou Park, a group of 50 friends and followers got a taste of what Savor + Sweat has to offer. They dabbled in dance cardio, athletic barre and high intensity interval training mat classes. Swag bags sponsored by Carbon38 contained a Savor post-workout snack as well.

“The beauty of these workouts is that I give modifications and challenges, so every video is also for every experience level,” Stewart says. “I don’t have any expectations for anyone when they walk into physical class or start a video. Being inspired to workout is the first step.”

Growing up, movement was her passion. It’s what drove Stewart’s decision to study dance performance and kinesiology at Southern Methodist University. After graduation she moved to New York in pursuit of a dance career. In between off-Broadway plays, regional theater work and auditions, she taught Pilates and barre classes to make ends meet.